Empathy, Conflict, Reconciliation

“To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides. If we take sides, it is impossible to do the work of reconciliation. And humans want to take sides.

That is why the situation gets worse and worse. Are there people who are still available to both sides? They need not do much. They need do only one thing: Go to one side and tell all about the suffering endured by the other side, and go to the other side and tell all about the suffering endured by this side.

This is our chance for peace. But how many of us are able to do that?”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk

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